'''Comer Vann Woodward''' (November 13, 1908 – December 17, 1999) was a preeminent United States|American historian
focusing primarily on the American South
and race relations
. He was considered, along with Richard Hofstadter
and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
, to be one of the most influential historians of the postwar era, 1940s–1970s, both by scholars and by the general public. He was long a supporter of the approach of Charles A. Beard
, stressing the influence of unseen economic motivations in politics. Stylistically, he was a master of irony and counterpoint. Woodward was on the left end of the history profession in the 1930s. By the 1950s he was a leading liberal and supporter of civil rights. After attacks on him by the New Left in the late 1960s he moved to the right politically.